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Karl Florie

Coaching ∙ Riverside

 

 

 

 

It can be said of some people that they were born to coach. To Karl Florie, coaching high school football was natural. In 1966 Karl began as an assistant coach at then Northwestern High School. He became an assistant at Beaver Falls under coaching legend Larry Bruno, where he stayed until 1972. Karl then received his opportunity to become head coach at Riverside High School in 1973, but his beginnings were anything but auspicious (the Panthers lost their first 15 games). But the foundation had been laid for a successful program: Riverside appeared in the WPIAL AA playoffs and won two Midwestern Athletic Conference championships from 1981 to 1985. The Panthers lost to Beaver Falls in the 1984 finals but came back the following year to capture the WPIAL title. Karl was named Dapper Dan Coach of the Year for that 1985 season. Karl resigned from Riverside after the 1986 season, but when the Ellwood City head coaching position came open, the strong desire to bet back on the field was too much to resist. In 1987, the Wolverines reached the WPIAL AA finals before losing. Karl resigned after the 1989 season due to health reasons. Among his honors are Big 33 Coach in 1984, Penn-Ohio All Star Game coach in 1980 and 1987, and WPIAL AA Coach of the Year in 1985. Karl’s overall coaching record is 114-63-3, which is even more impressive considering the 0-15 start.